House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was struck down in a 2-1 vote on Friday, ruling a painting portraying police officers as pigs is to be taken down.
Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay initially hung the painting as the award for a student art competition.
The appointed Architect of the Capitol sided with Republicans that the painting should be taken off the walls of the Capitol, though Pelosi attempted to reverse the architect’s decision.
A vote in the House Office Building Commission, which includes Republicans Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, as well as Pelosi, upheld the architect’s original verdict.
In a letter to Rep. Clay, Pelosi wrote the following in regards to the committee’s decision:
“I asked the HOBC to agree that removing the painting was wrong and the Architect’s decision should be reversed. I regret that the majority of the HOBC chose to uphold the Architect’s decision.”
The architect’s decision was held in favor by a rule stating that “subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature” forbid the painting.
Below is Pelosi’s full letter, demanding the painting be returned.
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